C.D.C. Has High Confidence in H1N1 Vaccine Safety

September 6, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The director of the Centers for Disease Control said doctors have very high confidence in the safety of the H1N1 flu vaccine currently in production.He says the C.D.C. is already monitoring a fair amount of unusual flu infection during the summer season and new infections now that school has started in most of the country.

The Obama Administration said vaccinating children will be a priority when the vaccine is finished, but they're not planning to make it mandatory.

"My wife and I would like our children to receive the vaccine. But we should never mandate something like that. It's up to parents," said Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

The early flu season is forcing unprecedented action at some schools. Stillman College in Alabama canceled its football game after several players came down with flu-like symptoms. Washington State played its game even though as many as 2,500 students are potentially infected.

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